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Exploring how HR can inspire thankfulness in employees

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:00
Flexible schedules, freedom to telecommute, professional development opportunities—those are all things that foster gratitude in the workplace. And as the Thanksgiving holiday finds people across the country pondering what they’re thankful for, human resources professionals can use the occasion to consider how to make organizations the kind of...
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Thanksgiving: More than a day off work for HR

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00
As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, many are pausing to reflect on what they’re thankful for in their personal lives. But the season also can be a time for people to consider what they appreciate about their work lives.  What should human resources professionals be thankful for? For starters, innovation that has brought about an elevation of the...
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Employers in limbo as government entities differ on meaning of laws

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:00
by Burton J. Fishman When the U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term on October 2, 2017, the legal world was knocked off its axis. In a rarely seen occurrence, the solicitor general, speaking on behalf of the United States, and the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took opposing positions on the same issue: the...
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Who’s lying? Avoiding retaliation claims can be tricky

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 05:00
It’s tough to make employment decisions when you can’t be confident that the facts are known. And facts are often hard to figure out with absolute certainty. Recently, a group of attorneys focusing on employment matters tackled a question from an employer about how to handle an employee who accused his manager of disability discrimination and...
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More than a hunch: making better hiring decisions

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:00
by Tracy Lindow Recently, I overheard a conversation between two department managers in the hallway of a client organization:  Manager A: “I will not be in our staff meeting today because I have to interview a candidate for the vacancy in my department at 9:00 a.m. If she shows up on time and has no criminal record, I am going ask HR to...
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Heaps of paper or storehouses of data? Exploring ways to keep HR records

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 05:00
No one disputes the importance of proper recordkeeping in the workplace. But what’s the best way to keep that information? In bulky paper files kept on-site or maybe entrusted to a vendor to be kept off-site? Perhaps an employer’s information, both routine and sensitive, should be kept in a digital format. And if electronic storage sounds...
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Conducting unbiased investigations: tips from the Russia probe

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:00
With the recent indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election is front-page news once again.  While most of the press and President Donald Trump’s initial tweets focused on whether Mueller could be fair and unbiased in his investigation, the most recent...
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High profile or not, sexual harassment claims require employer action

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 05:00
Sexual harassment—the subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing...
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Take this off your fall ‘to do’ list: EEO-1 delayed in part and suspended in part

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 05:00
by Brian Bouchard As you may have heard, we recently received some good news regarding the EEO-1 pay data collection that would have gone into effect in March 2018.  On August 29, acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Victoria Lipnic issued a statement indicating that the Office of Information and Regulatory...
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Training done right: Effective communication the key

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
Good training has always been important in the workplace, but today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of work makes training more important than ever. Changing technology requires frequent skill updates for employees at all levels of an organization. And certainly supervisors need training on new laws affecting the workplace and refreshers on...
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I’m sorry, so sorry: how to apologize at work

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00
by Molly DiBianca Humility is a virtue. For most of us, it doesn’t come easily. Owning up to a mistake at work can be a difficult task, particularly for employees who want to be good at their jobs and please those they report to. Nonetheless, apologizing is a reality of professional life and a recognition that no matter how hard we try,...
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Labor looks for love

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:00
by Richard I. Lehr —“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized...
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Make sure employees know what to do if ICE raids your workplace

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:00
by Lori Chesser You employ a large number of seasonal workers, many with temporary work visas, at several different sites. You also have a main office. You would like to train your frontline employees on what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up with a warrant for an immigration raid. What should you tell your...
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10 traits of an effective workplace investigator

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:00
by Ryann E. Ricchio Workplace investigations are of critical importance to employers for many reasons. Done correctly and thoroughly, an investigation can, among other things, resolve ongoing and future workplace problems, mitigate your organization’s liability, prevent third-party intervention, demonstrate good faith, and preserve...
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What the Las Vegas Strip massacre means to employers

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 04:00
by Deanna Forbush The current Google Doodle says it all. The Doodles generally express recognition of a special day, such as the celebration of a holiday, an anniversary, or the life of a famous artist, pioneer, or scientist. Since last Sunday’s horrific Las Vegas massacre, however, the Google Doodle is a simple mournful black ribbon....
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5 reasonable accommodation pitfalls to avoid

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 03:59
by Brent E. Siler Litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the rise in recent years and will likely continue to increase. One area of ADA compliance fueling the increase is the duty to reasonably accommodate employees’ disabilities. While most employers are aware they have a duty to accommodate the...
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Bringing on new employees? Don’t let applications, interviews trigger legal woes

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:10
Most human resources professionals and others involved in hiring know how to steer clear of the most obvious off-limits questions on job applications and in interviews. Asking about someone’s race, national origin or ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, etc. can quickly raise red flags related to unlawful discrimination. But less obvious...
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Cybercrime not just tech department’s problem; HR also has role to play

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:02
With headlines about data breaches, ransomware, viruses, and other cyberthreats becoming routine, it seems no one is immune, especially now with the rise of the “internet of things”—all those devices capable of accessing the internet and collecting and exchanging data. Today’s malicious hackers have no shortage of opportunities to wreak...
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Why your company needs an antibullying policy

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:00
by Joe Godwin Bullying in the workplace is a common occurrence that’s often ignored or overlooked by management. Sometimes it may be ignored because, unlike sexual harassment, there’s usually no legal requirement that an organization have an antibullying policy. It also may be overlooked because leaders take a hands-off approach,...
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What should you do when employees are addicted to prescription drugs?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:00
by Jonathan R. Mook Addiction to prescription drugs, especially opioids, has become a crisis in this country. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about the mounting number of shattered lives and tragic deaths attributed to this growing epidemic. Employers are feeling the brunt of the crisis as employees are increasingly becoming addicted...
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